To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is burning deep inside of you? If you could spread your personal message RIGHT NOW to 1 million people, what would you say?
(Author: Eric Handler)
When I thought about this prompt I began to think about what has been bothering me lately. What’s interesting is that what has been “bothering” me lately is the same thing which has been bothering me for the past several years. I have tried to take my own advice and to “let go” but it truly is much more difficult that I want to believe.
In my position as a social worker and as the owner of a wedding and portrait photography business I have quite a bit of contact with the public. Most of the time this contact is positive and proactive. On other occasions I can only say “it is what it is.” I have dealt with Bridezilla’s and with people who have cut in line at a store and then angrily question me when I become upset. I have almost been hit at intersections by individuals who have no regard for others and expect you to stop.
I’m concerned about what is happening in our society. The amount of drama which people desire to have in their lives is something which I find perplexing. Our lives revolve around reality TV and social media such as Facebook. While the use of such tools can be positive the expectation they are the end all be all leads me to believe we no longer know how to live our lives. Our reality has become skewed and our children’s definitions of what is normal and acceptable has also become skewed.
This is my pet peeve…the lack of genuine respect we have for each other. I find our intolerance and ignorance eerily frightening and unacceptable. I sat in a restaurant a week ago and watched a family of five not interacting with each other. I witnessed various family members carrying on conversations on their cell phones and texting.
My message to people everywhere is restore individual human contact, the same contact which was previously a cornerstone of our society. Get to know your neighbors not just their email address or their Twitter username. Write a handwritten note to a customer, your husband or wife. Hold the door open for someone following you into an establishment. Say “Hi” to someone you pass on the sidewalk or in the hallway. Write a thank you note or a note of appreciation to someone who has gone above and beyond as a way of recognizing their effort. I receive numerous comments regarding the pens I use. I pen thank you notes and notes of appreciation very frequently and almost exclusively use a fountain pen. Using a fountain pen allows me to slow down and become mindful of the words I am choose. My notes take time to write but I achieve my goal of letting the recipient know how important they are to me.
Take a minute and recognize someone in your life. Take a minute and say “Thank you” to someone.